Excerpt: As with all of Scorsese’s modern films, the production values—from costumes to sets, props to cinematography—are superb. Particularly impressive is DiCaprio’s makeup, which illuminates how years of debauchery prematurely age the young tycoon. Still, this is a disc you’ll watch for artistry and entertainment, not to give your home theater system a workout. Video quality is very good but hardly reference-grade.
Excerpt: I love Martin Scorsese. I love Leonardo DiCaprio. I love that these two have collaborated on five films and I’m sure there’ll be more. For all the remakes, television shows turned into movies and everything else that annoys me – these two make films worth seeing . I remember skipping one of my college classes and going to see What’s Eating Gilbert Grape . This is probably why I failed the class.
Excerpt: The Wolf of Wall Street chronicles the rise and fall of Stratton Oakmont, a real trading firm headed in the 1990s by Jordan Belfort. It’s Goodfellas and Wall Street and Glengarry Glen Ross all mashed together in an entertaining blend, though the combination is not quite the equal of those classic movies. The basic story of Jordan Belfort’s actual life is told in a manner that most will recognize from Scorsese’s undisputed mob classic, Goodfellas .
Excerpt: “Greed, for lack of a better word, is good . Greed is right .” – Gordon Gekko, Wall Street (1987) I love Martin Scorsese. I love Leonardo DiCaprio. I love that these two have collaborated on five films and I’m sure there’ll be more. For all the remakes, television shows turned into movies and everything else that annoys me – these two make films worth seeing . I remember skipping one of my college classes and going to see What’s Eating Gilbert Grape .
Excerpt: So there's this phenomenon in which somebody does something undeniably terrible or really dumb, but when the person tells the story, it's a great one, absolutely hilarious, and a story you ask the person to tell over and over. You know it's an awful experience, something you would never want to experience yourself, but if the story is well-told, it's fantastic.
Excerpt: The Film Leonardo DiCaprio is a millionaire playboy who indulges in parties that typically include in an insane amount of drugs, a little hazing, hookers, and the occasional midget toss. This isn't a TMZ exclusive; it's the Oscar-nominated actor's latest film with director Martin Scorsese. Those types of antics consume much of The Wolf of Wall Street 's 179-minute runtime. That's just fine because Jordan Belfort (DiCaprio) has enough sleazy antics to go around.
Summary: Obviously, I think this polarizing film is fantastic. In fact, I believe The Wolf of Wall Street will become even more highly-regarded in a few years, when there’s more distance between the film and the “controversy” its shock factor inspired.
Conclusion: The Wolf of Wall Street is an aggressive film, both stylistically and thematically, and it confronts its characters and their actions head on. Yet it doesn't fall into the trap of making Belfort and his compatriots out as villains through and through. These are basically regular people who've been given unimaginable wealth, and the things they do are probably what a lot of us would do in the same circumstance, as Scorsese alludes to in the extra featurette.
Conclusion: The Wolf of Wall Street is another well-made drama from one of the most accomplished directors alive today. Unfortunately, this bacchanalia of a film falls short of Scorsese's best efforts with its overlong celebration of loathsome, amoral jerks. Strong performances and skillful direction ease the endurance challenge this might have been, but it's still an unpleasant affair from which many viewers will derive little joy.